Leon Fresco currently serves as the Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, a position he has held since March 2009. In that capacity, he has drafted three bills of note that have passed the Senate by unanimous vote: (1) the Supplemental Border Security Act of 2010; (2) Title III of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (which was the funding mechanism for the bill); and (3) Act to allow Israeli nationals to receive E–2 nonimmigrant visas.
Prior to working with Senator Schumer, Fresco worked as a Chesterfield Smith fellow at Holland & Knight LLP in Miami, Florida, where he practiced in the areas of immigration, nationality, and consular law. His experience included successfully representing hundreds of clients before the United States Courts of Appeals, the federal district courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Administrative Appeals Office of the Department of Homeland Security. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and of the University of Pennsylvania. He was named as South Florida’s Most Effective Pro Bono Lawyer by the South Florida Daily Business Review in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.